Former Formula One driver Martin Brundle has rubbished claims that Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton disrespected him during the British Grand Prix.
There were some reports and comments suggesting that Hamilton, who was also involved in a collision with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, disrespected the 59-year-old and crowd following the race.
However, Brundle, who is a now an analyst for the sport, rubbished those claims in a British GP report published on Sky Sports.
“I've seen a lot of comments that Hamilton disrespected the crowd and even me by not speaking in the Parc Fermé area, and for me, that's just absolute nonsense,” wrote Brundle.
“We demand and largely receive virtually total access to the 20 drivers, in a way that no other sportsperson has to tolerate.
"A camera looking from every angle, thousands of channels of data collected and then often transmitted to the world.
"Every flex of their muscles, every action and reaction from their nervous system recorded and analysed in multiple locations. Every word, action, and facial expression recorded and interpreted.”
He added: “I had the privilege to interview Lewis post qualy and, eventually, the race. After his pole position lap he leapt out of the car, acknowledged the crowd, and actually before he had fully taken off his helmet and balaclava I was there with a mic and camera.
"The guy's whole body was trembling with emotion, elation, and adrenaline. He dutifully shared his powerful experience with us and I will never forget it.”
Talking about Hamilton, Brundle further went on to express admiration for the 33-year-old’s efforts.
“Given his incredible success, I was impressed by just how much one more pole lap meant to him.
"He had given everything to beat the might of Ferrari and their two world champions by less than a tenth of a second,” he wrote.
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